Fillings are done to remove decay and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new a material fills the hole that decay left. Today, most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. When caught early, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to pain and/or infection, that could result in root canal treatment or extraction.
Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. Dr. Fishburn or his hygeniest will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible for you to brush off the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your teeth. Dentists refer to these structures as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return the periodontium to a healthy state. Recent studies have shown a person with gum disease is twice as likely to develop heart disease. This is why the appropriate gum treatment is so important. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. For your best dental health, it is important to have gum disease treated properly at the first sign of a problem.
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention. Dr. Fishburn uses state of the art digital x-rays with the least amount of radiation exposure to you.
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Don't neglect your oral health. Here, at Dr. Casey Fishburn, we treat patients of all ages, and will give you the care you deserve.
Dr. Casey Fishburn has been providing elaborate dental treatment to patients in Muskogee, OK, at his dental clinic that he started in July 1985.
He has been providing general dental treatment, and has been treating patients of all ages. His is the only practice in the area that offers state-of-the-art dental lasers, using which he can remove tooth decay without the need for drill or injection. He also uses laser treatment for gum diseases.